The expressor of Prague and the councilor received a million as satisfaction. Now they are suing the state
Former politicians of the capital – such as Mayor Tomáš Hudeček or Councilor Eva Vorlíčková – have recently been compensated by the Ministry of Justice for criminal prosecution in the Opencard case.
In it, former councilors and municipal officials ended up in court because, according to investigators, in 2012 they unjustifiably favored the company Haguess, which at the time owned the rights to the Prague Card.
The Court of First Instance was initially found guilty twice. Then the case turned for them and they were all gradually acquitted.
In the case of Vorlíčková, this amounts to 1.169 million. Of this, non-pecuniary damage was estimated at 344 thousand, the rest are costs for lawyers and also for delays in proceedings. On the contrary, the former Prague councilor is not satisfied, because the ministry will no longer award the full amount for legal services.
“The Ministry gives an amount of 800 crowns per hour. But you can increase it to 2400 crowns per hour when the case is complicated. But they did not recognize this, “Vorlíčková told Seznam Zprávy, which is therefore preparing to file a lawsuit.
“My lawyers are still working on it. We will want to get more for non-pecuniary damage and we also want us to recognize the complexity of the case and therefore the triple, “she added.
The Hudeček express also received approximately one million crowns in compensation. But he also got mainly the money he spent on lawyers.
And so he also wants to be judged, it is another roughly four million crowns. “We will still be suing. I demand non-pecuniary damage in units of millions, “Hudeček told Seznam Zprávy.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice Vladimír Řepka stated that the costs of the defense are reimbursed by law not in the amount of the contract, but the purpose of the lawyer’s tariff and calculated according to the so-called acts of legal services provided by the lawyer client.
“We have revised the amount requested and reached a legal restriction that the amount requested is higher than the non-contractual remuneration,” said Řepka.
Part of the compensation from the total requested amounts was previously received by another former Prague councilor. Those who were acquitted of the charges against Hudeček and Vorlíčková.
According to Pavel Richter (United Forces), the current representative of the capital, who is the chairman of the committee for transport at the municipality, received 632,733 crowns as compensation for the defense. But he also says he paid more for lawyers.
Furthermore, the ministry awarded him 108,000 crowns as non-pecuniary damage for four years and four months of criminal prosecution. Which is about 70 crowns a day.
“We are currently in litigation with the state over the recognition of higher non-pecuniary damage costs and the recognition of assessment costs,” Richter added. It was the compensation for the preparation of this report that the ministry did not recognize.
Another of the former accused, Ivan Kabický, who is now a representative in the Prague 18 Letňany district, paid 680 thousand for legal services. However, the ministry acknowledged him 600,000, refusing to pay him an expert’s report, which he and other councilors paid.
“I also asked for non-pecuniary damage for 700 thousand crowns. The court ruled in the first instance (in January this year) on the amount of around 320 thousand crowns, but the Ministry of Justice appealed. So I don’t have anything yet, “Kabický added.
A similar amount – about 700 thousand crowns – was also received from the Ministry for legal services by former councilor Václav Novotný.
“I have to say, it worked, because I’ve been in tallow, because having or not having three-quarters of a million four years is a difference. If it took a little longer, I would have to borrow, “said Novotný, adding that he received an additional 120,000 crowns as non-pecuniary damage. Unlike his former political colleagues, however, he did not file a lawsuit.
Councilor Josef Nosek stated that he had not yet received any compensation and therefore turned to the court.
Alexander Sotolář also ended up in court in connection with this case. He, as the chairman of the senate of the Municipal Court in Prague, dealt with this case. The Supreme Administrative Court, where Sotolář ended up, confirmed that Sotolář had erred in the Opencard case. Edit logs that differed from the audio recordings of the meeting.
The sotolar after the decision of this court can only be an ordinary acquaintance of the senate. Last year, Ondřej Závodský, a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, pointed out his mistake.
“In the present case, the guilt on the part of the state is quite obvious. Judge Sotolář was even disciplined to convict him of intentionally distorting the interrogation of witnesses and experts to the detriment of the accused. If the state is not able to unjustifiably pay even direct costs after many years, we should think about how to change it, “said Závodský.